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Edward Ahern – resumed writing after forty odd years in foreign intelligence and international sales. He has his original wife, but advises that after forty seven years they are both out of warranty. Ed has had over fifty stories published thus far, most also reprinted. His collected fairy and folk tales are being published by Gypsy Shadow Press in April.
Edoardo Albert – is, on paper at least, a surprisingly exotic creature: Italian, Sinhala and Tamil by background, he grew up in London among the polyglot children of immigrants (it was only when he went to university that he actually got to know any English people). He avers that he once reduced a reader to helpless, hysterical laughter. Unfortunately, the piece that did so was a lonely-hearts ad. The first volume of his trilogy on the Dark Age kings of Britain, The Northumbrian Thrones, is out next March from Lion Fiction, titled Edwin: High King of Britain. He lives online at www.edoardoalbert.com, and on Twitter @EdoardoAlbert and Facebook too.
Elliot Andreopoulos – is from New Mexico in the United States where he works in the Human Resources field. He is a big fan of rock and roll music and is in a Buddy Holly cover band.
Violet Apted – has been writing for most of her life and has a novel and two children’s books published in USA. She was a Creative writing Tutor for eight years and a forum monitor on the internet. She has travelled extensively and had short stories published in magazines globally. A second novel is in process and a book of her childhood during WW11 is almost completed. Born in UK Violet now lives in Queensland Australia.
Jaclin Azoulay – had her first poems published in a local newspaper aged nine then waited a few decades to try again, resulting in the publication of a picture book, ‘HIC!’ (starring Snuffletrump the piglet) and an article on geology in 2011. She juggles her role as Supermum to five, with running a very unruly weekly writing group in the local library and a monthly book club.
Sarah Bakewell – is a graduate of English and Creative Writing and has recently moved from Manchester to London to work in publishing. She enjoys reading and writing snappy, short pieces of dark fiction. Her work has previously been featured in ‘Best of CaféLit 2012’ and ‘Darker Times Anthology: Volume Two’.
Lindsay Bamfield – is a founding member of Greenacre Writers based in North London. One of her flash fiction pieces was published in Woman’s Weekly, a short monologue in Mslexia, a short story in Voices From the Web Anthology 2012, and a second-prize winning story was published on-line by Writers News. One of her flash fiction pieces was read out at Manchester’s recent Flash Fiction Day event. She has also had several non-fiction humorous pieces published on line by InThePowderroom, formerly Powderroom Grafitti, under her pseudonym Annia Lindsay. She is currently working on a novel.
Michelle Barber – has an honours degree in Literature and a MA in Creative Writing. She has published both children’s stories and articles in the People’s Friend and is the author of The Stinking Shadow which is a children’s book. She works on a regular basis as a ghost writer and recently took part in an event at the Chipping Norton Literary Festival with Jane Wenham Jones and Carole Blake.
Michael Barry – has spent several decades as director, producer and writer, mainly in theatre, but with a lot of experience in television, short film and corporate audio-visual work, Michael has turned more to writing and internet publishing with age – now with 7 plays published, more unpublished, several full-length screen scripts seeking commission, some 100 corporate credits, 200 TV credits (writer/ researcher for daytime and arts programmes), short stories and a new direction into novella-length fiction and factual ebooks.
Stewart Bartlam – lives in Peterborough, Cambridgeshire. He wrote three novels, whilst working as a teacher and as a civil servant, but failed to find a publisher, and now thinks he might have done better to have concentrated more on his poems and short stories. Having recently retired, he now has more time to focus on his writing, and being published by Alfie Dog is a sign that he is heading in the right direction. His poetry blog is http://stewartstanzas.wordpress.com
Teresa Bassett – is a writer from Cornwall’s ‘clay country’, UK. In late 2013 she won the US-based Next Novelist contest with her mystery sci-fi novel ‘The Time Crystals’, which is currently scheduled for publication. She has also written stories and articles for numerous magazines and anthologies in the UK and the US. A graduate of the University of Bath, her favourite times are spent ‘up on the Downs’, exploring Cornwall with husband Mark and rescued greyhound Jinty. Find out more at: www.teresabassett.co.uk.
Jan Baynham – is a fiction writer living in Cardiff. Several of her short stories and flash fiction pieces are published in anthologies and on-line. At present, she is actively looking for a home for her debut novel, a family saga, with agents and publishers. Currently writing her second novel, Jan has been a member of the RNA’s New Writer Scheme since 2016. She may be followed on Twitter @JanBayLit and on her Jan Baynham Writer Facebook page. She writes a regular blog about her journey as a writer on www.janbaynham.blogspot.co.uk
Patricia Belford – is a primary teacher for many years, has published nine children`s adventure books, all of which have featured in reading schemes in schools in the U.K. and abroad. Several have been translated into other languages. She has written children`s stories for “The People`s Friend” as well as two series of short stories for the under eights for local radio.
Jill Bennett – is a short story and serial writer who is a regular contributor to national magazines with over 200 stories and 6 serials published. She also has a passion for the Scots language and has co-authored a poetry book, Walkin the Rainbow and produced Wee Tot Poems, cards which are on sale in selected outlets in Scotland.
Carol Bevitt – has been serving her writing apprenticeship since she joined Nottingham Writers’ Club, and has gone on to win many of the club’s annual trophy competitions. She has had a number of pieces of short fiction published in collections. Carol enjoys exhibitions of historical costume and shoes, some of which will appear in her historical romance novels; written under her Serena Lake pseudonym. She is married with four grown-up children. Carol’s blog: www.carol-bevitt.co.uk
Kate Blackadder – has had almost 30 stories published in women’s magazines and anthologies including New Writing Scotland. She was shortlisted for the Scotsman/Orange Short Story Award in 2006. In September 2011 she had a 7-part serial published in The People’s Friend called The Family at Farrshore; Ulverscroft are bringing out a large-print edition soon. http://katewritesandreads.blogspot.co.uk/
Angela K Blackburn – enrolled on a writers’ course in March 2012 which sparked her new career and from that she has been long listed in several short story competitions. She loves writing fiction, anything from 100 words to novel length in fantasy, SF, horror and romance genres. She lives in South Norfolk with her husband and a large menagerie of animals. See http://thewritingriderblog.blogspot.co.uk
Les Bohem – was part of the great 1980s Los Angeles music scare. His band, Gleaming Spires, had a hit with, “Are You Ready For the Sex Girls.” He was also holding down a day job as the bass player with Sparks. After this burgeoning career stopped burgeoning, Les found a job writing about musicians whose careers had stopped burgeoning. But no one makes movies about musicians whose careers etc, and so he wrote A Nightmare on Elm Street Part 5, and other memorable epics including the mini-series, Taken. His short novel, Flight 505, will be published by UpperRubberBoot next winter.
Pat Boulton – began writing for children on retirement. After completing a course with THE ACADEMY OF CHILDREN’S WRITERS. She has had children’s stories published in ‘The People’s Friend’ and ‘Ireland’s Own’. She has had one children’s book published in 2010.
Terence Brand – The son of a career airman, Terence Brand joined the Royal Air Force from school. After five years, serving in Cyprus, Malta, Singapore and Malaya, he decided to try his luck in civvie street. Retraining in electronics, he worked in Radio and TV servicing until assuming the management/directorship of a Hi-Fi retail outlet. After twenty-five years in retail, early retirement beckoned. Writing, walking, a little snooker and a deal of music now fill his days.
Veronica Bright – Since coming first in the Woman and Home short story competition in 2005, Veronica has won a string of prizes for her short stories, including a place at the Winchester Literary Festival, a week at the Swanwick Writers’ Summer School and the Ruth Moss trophy at the Cornish Gorsedh. Her work has appeared in numerous anthologies. Veronica runs the Plymouth Christian Writers, and is also a member of the Plymouth Writers’ Group. www.veronicabright.co.uk
Lorna Broomfield-Carradus – lives in Northern Ireland, by the sea, surrounded by family and friends, both real and imaginary. As a Nanny, Auntie and Teacher the ability to tell stories that capture the imagination of varied age groups and attention spans has been essential. For 18 years children have had the joy of listening whilst Lorna spun magical worlds and adventures around them, and now you can have the pleasure of reading them.
Judith Bruton – PhD, artist/writer, moved to the Summerland Coast, New South Wales from Adelaide, South Australia in 2012. Her stories/poems are published in anthologies and online ~ alfiedog.com, ABC Open, narratorAUSTRALIA; Short and Twisted 2011, 2012, 2013; Relay, Marion Writers Inc 2011; Avant New Writing 2009. Shortlisted, Alan Marshall Short Story Award 2010. Visit: judithbruton.com
Ann Burnett – has published short stories, articles and children’s stories, as well as writing a novel, which she self-published, as part of her Masters in Creative Writing. She is an experienced Creative Writing tutor and is joint President of Ayr Writers’ Club. For five years, Ann wrote a Postman Pat story every week for a comic and wrote the Postman Pat annuals and Holiday Specials as well, a total of about 250 tales. She has also been a scriptwriter for BBC Children’s Radio and TV, producing over 100 radio scripts, including four series of Radio Ulster’s popular Hurley Burley programme for the under 5’s and the two Hurley Burley TV series. She also wrote scripts for BBC Radio Scotland’s schools programmes. She loves travelling and picks up lots of ideas and settings for stories and articles from visits to distant climes. You can find out more about her on www.annburnett.co.uk. Her novel, Loving Mother, is available on Amazon.
Tina K Burton – has been writing short stories and articles for seven years. She has had work in publications including The Weekly News, Modern Marriages, The Lady, Real People, Twisted Tongue, and Australia’s That’s Life magazine. Her first novel has been signed to Crooked Cat Publishing. She is currently writing another two novels, ‘Pieces of Cake’, and ‘Born to Love Me’, a cloning based thriller. When she’s not writing, she enjoys going for long walks on Dartmoor where she lives with her family.
Alan Cadman – has been writing short stories for four years. Before that, he was the editor of a civic society newsletter for seven years. When he first started writing fiction his published work was rewarded with complimentary issues from magazines. His first cheque arrived on Christmas Eve 2009. Almost two years later he made the short list for one story and became a prize winner for flash fiction; they were both awarded by the same best-selling UK magazine for writers.
D. A. Cairns – Heavy metal lover and cricket tragic, D.A. Cairns lives on the south coast of New South Wales where he works as an English language teacher and writes stories in his very limited spare time. He has had over 50 short stories published (but who¹s counting right?) He blogs at Square pegs http://dacairns.blogspot.com.au and has authored four novels, Devolution, Loathe Your Neighbor, Ashmore Grief, and A Muddy Red River which is available now from Rogue Phoenix Press.
Emma Canning – lives in North Somerset with her family and two Cavalier King Charles Spaniels. Emma’s short stories have appeared in Take a Break’s Fiction Feast, Yours, That’s Life Fast Fiction (Australia) and The People’s Friend. Her children’s stories have been published in Ireland’s Own and The People’s Friend, and she regularly writes poems for The People’s Friend too. Her verses have also appeared in The Fireside Books, The People’s Friend Annuals and The Friendship Books. When not writing, she works in IT and loves reading, running, yoga and, of course, walking her dogs.
Carla Caruso – lives in Australia and loves fun, frothy reads. She has worked as a newspaper and magazine journalist and is also the author of the books, Cityglitter (Destiny Romance) and Mommy Blogger (Eternal Press). She’d love a pooch like Timmy in Famous Five, but actually has a feisty tabby called Luca.
Linda Casper – hails from Yorkshire and, after a long career as a high school teacher, she has recently begun to write and have published many short stories, poems and travel articles. Linda has a keen interest in gardening and is a judge for Yorkshire in Bloom.
Susan Cattan – has been writing since childhood. She has published several short stories in Best and Bella magazines and has been a prizewinner in a competition run by the Society of Women Authors and Journalists. She has also achieved a Masters degree in Radio and TV Scriptwriting from Salford University.
Nancy Christie – A writer for as long as she can remember—“I wrote my first story in second grade!”—fiction has long been Nancy Christie’s passion. The author of the short story collection Traveling Left of Center (September 2014, Pixel Hall Press), Christie’s fiction has also appeared in literary journals. She’s currently working on several other projects, including a novel and a book for writers. Visit her site at www.nancychristie.com or follow her on Twitter: @NChristie_OH.
Fi Clarkson – writes picture books, short stories, and is currently working on a couple of children’s novels. She lives in North Yorkshire with her husband, her husband’s guide dog, (the eminently huggable Mr Darcy), and two temperamental cats. She is fluent in British Sign Language and a keen amateur photographer.
Dr. Robert Clifford – is a retired General Practitioner who has been writing and broadcasting since the early 1960s. He has had 22 books published with several translations, possibly up to 1000 broadcasts and he plays a part in writing organizations such as PEN and the Westcountry Writers Association.
Rob Clucas-Tomlinson – is a writer living in Stroud, Gloucestershire. His literary passions are for writing fairy tales and football histories, although he sometimes attempts poetry and he once had a quiz book published, also about football. He is married, with a young daughter.
Patsy Collins – lives on the south coast of England. Her short stories regularly appear in magazines such as Take a Break’s Fiction Feast, My Weekly, Ireland’s Own, Woman’s Weekly, and That’s Life! Patsy’s debut novel, a romance entitled ‘Escape to the Country’ was published in 2012. This was followed by ‘Paint Me a Picture’ and ‘A Year and a Day’. When she’s not writing, Patsy runs creative writing workshops encouraging others to have a go. She also enjoys gardening, photography and travelling with her husband in their campervan. To learn more about Patsy and her writing please visit http://patsy-collins.blogspot.co.uk
Caroline Scott Collins – lives on the western edge of Dartmoor, she has two married sons and four little grandsons. She has a wide range of hobbies and interests, especially writing. After a variety of careers and freelance experiences in the past and recent life-changing events, she believes the time has come to focus on writing and pursue her love of travelling to exotic locations with sunny, palm tree–fringed beaches, which feed her inspiration. She loves meeting new people and enjoys learning new languages – currently Spanish. www.carolinescottcollins.co.uk Blog: MoorScribbles www.facebook.com/CarolineScottCollins Twitter: @caroscottcolli
Chris Cooke – has been writing as an Author, Poet and Lyricist for twenty-seven years. He has two self published books, The Ride and Stories For Those Of Us With A Short Attention Span. Chris also has three CD’s of original music available. The newest CD, Blue Marble Symphony features a duet with the legendary Delaney Bramlett. When not writing or touring the world with various bands, Chris enjoys surfing, stunt kite flying and online gaming. www.chriscooke.net
Melodie Corrigall – is an eclectic Canadian writer whose stories have appeared in Litro UK, Halfway Down the Stairs, Blue Lake Review, InfectiveINK, Subtle Fiction, Emerald Bolts, Earthen Journal, Still Crazy, Toasted Cheese and The Write Place at the Write Time (www.melodiecorrigall.com).
Lorraine Coverley – is published as a playwright with www.comedyplays.co.uk and a short piece from each play will be available for people to view. Her comedy novel ‘Worlds Apart’ is available from Amazon. She has also had work published in the local paper and national magazines. She writes a monthly column for her local Talking Newspaper and pieces for local hospital radio.
Sheila Crosby – is a British writer who went to the Canary Islands with a six-month contract to work at the astronomical observatory there. She met a tall, dark, handsome local in the Isaac Newton Telescope and fell in love under the stars. So far, Sheila has sold non-genre fiction to the UK magazines People’s Friend, Chat and Yours, and speculative fiction to Adbusters, Cosmos Online, Wily Writers, Oceans of the Mind and Farthing. She’s also published an anthology of children’s stories about La Palma’s starry skies, an anthology of SF, and a non-fiction guide book to the observatory Her website is http://sheilacrosby.
Sue Cunningham – has had almost forty short stories published in women’s magazines in the UK, Australia, Sweden and South Africa. She lives in Manchester with her lovely husband and two sons. When she’s not writing (or refereeing light sabre battles or standing on minute pieces of Lego in bare feet) she works for the NHS.
Linda Daunter – is a freelance writer living in the East of England. Her short stories and articles have appeared in print and online magazines, and she is currently working on two novels – one for adults, one for children. She also spends far too much time blogging at www.linda-daunter.blogspot.co.uk
Brian David – lives a quiet life in Portugal, counting his money and his good fortune – the latter taking way more time than the former. He has been writing for many years, having his first short stories published in the 2004 Summer Special edition of Let’s Talk! Norfolk. He now works as a ghost writer and has articles and stories published all over the Internet.
Tracy Davidson – lives in Warwickshire, England and writes poetry and flash fiction. Her work has appeared in various publications and anthologies, including: Poet’s Market 2015, Mslexia, The Binnacle, A Hundred Gourds, Atlas Poetica, Modern Haiku, In Protest: 150 Poems for Human Rights, Ekphrastia Gone Wild, Journey to Crone, Roundyhouse, Writing Magazine, Words mag, Bridge House (‘Light in the Dark’ anthology) and Earlyworks Press.
Dorothy Davies – is a medium writer and editor who has contributed to many Static Movement anthologies as well as editing some of them. Her work often involves historical figures. She is a full member of the Fictioneers. She likes to walk on the dark side of writing – with the help of horror and ghost writers in spirit. This adds a variety to her writing. She hopes you will visit again for more of her historic and dark tales.
Valerie Dawson-Miles –lives just outside Edinburgh in Scotland having grown up in sunny Africa! On her daily commute, before retiring, all sorts of stories were going around her head, and now, retired, she is writing them down. Until now they were all about cats, as she has always shared her home with very memorable feline personalities. She is currently working on a story about an elephant and trying to find time for painting.
Mariah Deitrick – is the author of the adult novel, “Deadly Hunt,” and the YA novel, “The Forgotten.” She’s a graduate from the Institute of Children’s Literature and enjoys writing for all ages.
Her work can be found with a variety of markets including, Knowonder! Spaceports and Spidersilk, Stories That Lift, StoryTeller Tymes, Superteacherworksheets.com, Living Dead Press and Static Movement.
Cath Delaney -always a dabbler, started writing in earnest following her retirement from Social Work in 2002. Since then she has had over 35 stories published by Best, Woman’s Weekly, My Weekly and People’s Friend. Inspiration for stories usually comes quite unexpectedly when she is swimming or cycling, which allows her to claim that the sedentary occupation of writing actually keeps her (relatively) fit!
Linda Louisa Dell – has written several self-help books and two novels, a collection of jokes, poetry and short stories. Her book: Yes and pigs might fly came third in the Wishing shelf best fiction awards in April 2012. Her second novel called: African Nights is an adventure and love story set in London and in South Africa. Her web page is: www.lindalouisadell.com she blogs at www.lindalouisadell.com/wps/
Michelle Martin Dobbins – is an author, spiritual alchemist, & Reiki master who shares true stories of magic, creation and love in everyday life on her blog at www.dailyalchemy.com. She enjoys writing everything from romance to children’s stories to non-fiction, self-help books. You can connect with her and get her Magic Question of the Day, motivational snippets and updates on her writing on Facebook andTwitter.
Dawn Douglas – lives in Colorado with three teens and two senior dogs. She loves reading, cooking, sleeping and most of all writing. She has a romantic novella, An Accidental Kiss, available at Amazon. You can contact her at DouglasDawn50@gmail.com
Michele Dunn – is an Australian author of short stories, as well as contemporary fiction novels under another name. Her inspiration is found in everyday life and from her many travels. A people watcher from childhood, she has always been fascinated by the vast differences in the social ‘melting pot’ of the world. After many years of putting her dreams of writing on hold, she decided it was never too late to get started. After publishing some travel articles and a few short stories, she is ready to finally publish her first novel.
Julie Durdin – Julie is a wife and a mother and when she’s not being either, she likes to write. She enjoys writing short stories, flash fiction and drabbles. Her ‘guilty pleasure’ is reading and writing fan fiction – Robin Hood in particular. She’s learned not to trust her computer’s spell-checker as her version of the legend once ended up with an arrow embedded in his ‘thing’ – ouch! (she meant to type thigh).
Clayton Elliott – is the author of the novel Cold Keep Part One, and short stories of many sorts (Some of which are published on blogger). He lives in Ithaca New York with his wife and children.
Jon Elliott – is an electronic technologist with specializations in computer programming and machine control. He lives in a small town north of Toronto, Canada, with his wife Linda, surrounded by farmland and walking trails. Jon loves science fiction. If he isn’t reading or watching sci-fi, then he is writing it. Welcome to the worlds of JE.
Matthew H. Emma – is an on-hiatus journalist currently pursuing his dream of becoming a full-time creative writer. He’s written numerous short stories, the first draft of a novella and is working on two screenplays. “Why Audie Cared” is the fifth short work he’s had accepted for publication. He lives in Valley Cottage, New York and enjoys sports, music and attending various creative writing clubs.
Sarah England – Sarah originally trained as a nurse in Sheffield, before working as a medical representative specialising in mental health.Since then she has had around 160 short stories and serials published in national magazines, newspapers and anthologies.‘3am and Wide Awake’ – a collection of 25 dark tales (mostly supernatural or medically themed thrillers) – was published in 2013 by Alfie Dog Fiction; and ‘Expected’ – a comedy novel with Crooked Cat Publishing in June, 2013.She hopes to have a supernatural novel published soon, and continues to write serials for magazines.
Mel Fawcett – has had dozens of stories published in various print magazines, ezines and anthologies (including Stand, Staple, 34th Parallel, Pure Gold, The Delinquent, and Skive).
Patricia Fawcett –has been writing for 25 years and has had one children’s book published and 3 novellas before she began writing romantic fiction. Her stories are based around family life and are set both in the North of England and latterly the South West. She has had 14 novels published and her new novel ‘A Small Fortune’ is due out in July. www.patriciafawcett.co.uk
Alyson Faye – is a former teacher/tutor, living near Bronte terrain in West Yorkshire with her partner, teen son and 3 rescue cats, who rule the house. She writes noirish Flash fiction (published in on line magazines and anthologies), mainly spooky short stories and has a couple of children’s books published by Collins and Ginn. She is working on her latest ‘The Runaway Umbrella’ which will be out on Kindle for Christmas, fingers crossed. She is a confirmed chocoholic and is still hopeless at maths. In my spare time She sings, swims and crafts, though not all at the same time. https://alysonfayewordpress.wordpress.com
Tracy Fells – lives with her family close to the South Downs in West Sussex. She writes short and long fiction for both adults and children. Her short stories have been sold to Fiction Feast, The People’s Friend and published in Writing Magazine, The New Writer, Five Stop Story and The Yellow Room. In 2012 she was shortlisted for the Fish International Flash Fiction Prize and won both the Choc-lit and Steyning Festival Short Story Competitions. Tracy shares a writing blog (www.tracyfells.blogspot.com) with The Literary Pig. She is an active member of West Sussex Writers, based in Worthing.
Kerry Fender – is a freelance writer and blogger, and a passionate Down’s Syndrome advocate. She lives in North Staffordshire with her husband and three children. She writes short stories, longer works and non-fiction articles, and has two blogs.
Lisa Finch – lives with her wonderful family in Forest, Ontario. Her work, both fiction and non-fiction, has appeared in print and online. When she’s not writing, she’s often accused of thinking about what she’ll be writing next. You can visit her website at www.finchtales.webs.com
Christine Findlay – is a retired English teacher and former Educational Consultant who has been writing for the past seven years. In addition to an academic textbook ‘Higher Results in Textual Analysis’, published by Oxford University Press, she has self published the children’s series, ‘The Colonel’s Collection’ under the name of Ardblair Publishing. With the help of www.youwriteon.com she has published her first children’s novel, ‘Ae Sma Voice’, written in Doric.
Georgie Foord – lives in Dorset and divides her time between her home, garden and nine grandchildren, as well as writing short stories and articles for magazines and newspapers. She has published about fifty stories and articles in most of the mainstream UK magazines and local publications, as well as Fast Fiction in Australia. Georgie has completed and sold a short romantic novel which can be found in large print format in public libraries worldwide.
Hilary Forrest – has been writing for pleasure most of her life. In recent years she joined a lively writing group. Inspired by positive critiques there, she embraced writing short stories and has been published in Take A Break, Australia’s That’s Life magazine and online with Accent Press. And Hilary is delighted to appear on Alfie Dog. She enjoys her life in Dorset where the sea and countryside are always nearby for long walks and contemplation of her next story.
David W. Foulds – is a writer, filmmaker and educator. He holds a certificate in Creative Writing from the University of York, an M.A. in Media Studies from The New School and is working on his second M.A. in English Studies at the University of Nottingham. He is a teaching assistant for online courses in The American Theater and Shakespeare On Film and lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with three cats and a bicycle. His work has been previously published in Literary Juice Magazine and Through the Gaps.
Joanne Fox – has had short stories published in magazines such as Woman’s Weekly, My Weekly, The People’s Friend, and The Weekly News. Her work has also appeared in several anthologies, and in small press magazines including Scribble. She enjoys the challenges of flash fiction and poetry, and still hopes to produce a full-length novel if she can ever figure out how to concentrate on one thing (instead of six!) She blogs about her writing, travels, and Golden Retriever, Harvey, at http://www.jfoxwriter.blogspot.co.uk
Jenny Francis – is published for poems, stories and non-fiction. Her children’s stories have been published in People’s Friend. She has written articles for Yours, People’s Friend and Real People. Her stories have also received competition placings.
Lynda Franklin – has been writing for many years, including verse, short stories, and has recently had her first children’s book published “A Cat called Cat”. She is married with one son, three daughters, and eleven grandchildren. She spends time caring for her grandchildren, and apart from writing, says her happiest moments are times spent with her large family.
Martin Gale – has worked in the printing industry, for major charities and has delivered Meals on Wheels in Essex. Now retired, he has returned to short story writing after a long absence. He also spends his time walking, practising Tai Chi and lazing around. He lives alone in East London UK.
H. K. Garbadeen – is a Nigerian doctor and part time writer. Some of her short stories and articles include The Soul’s Plume and The Pooling Effect. Her writings are inspired by the Interrelation of politics, religion, culture and gender and their impact on the lives of people mainly in Africa but that may also echo around the world.
Alan Garth – has spent the last 30 years as an academic researcher in the biosciences and has published over 100 papers and articles. However, he has been interested in writing fiction since he was in short trousers and has recently published short stories in Writing Magazine and AE.
Christine Genovese – has had stories published in Scribble Magazine and anthologies such as WriteFrance, Sunpenny and Leaf Books. Her articles have appeared in The Lady, France Magazine, Countryside Tales and Writers Abroad. Christine lives in rural Normandy which explains some of the items mentioned above. How she ended up there is a long story but the change added surprising touches of variety to her teaching career, her writing, and life generally. She writes about anything that stirs her interest and her curiosity. The result is more or less evenly distributed amongst fiction and non-fiction with roughly twenty short stories and twenty articles so far published in magazines, anthologies, online, or placed in competitions.
Marie Gentle – has enjoyed a dual career in medical administration and freelance illustrating. The Ghost Dog of Pompeii is her first published fiction which stems from her own Pompeii experience and the mutual love of her 4 Pugs. She lives on the gulf coast of Florida and dedicates this story to her parents who presented her with an all-expense paid summer vacation in Italy to search her roots. Without their generosity, this story would never have been told! mariecolavitogentle.com
Tracey Glasspool – lives in Devon with her family, several cats, llamas and sheep. She has been writing seriously for the past two years and has had stories and articles published online and in magazines. She has been shortlisted in a number of competitions and is planning on winning one soon. She writes mainly for children and is working on her first novel while avoiding the Devon rain.
Anne Goodwin – writes fiction, short and long, from flash to novels, and a blog that hovers somewhat closer to reality. She loves fiction for the freedom to contradict and continually reinvent herself. The portal to her writing world is through her website http://annegoodwin.weebly.com/. She also tweets at @Annecdotist.
Martin Gosling – is an English writer of articles and short stories. He worked briefly for the Daily Telegraph before serving in the Royal Artillery and then with London’s Metropolitan Mounted Police. He later became a probation officer. Over the last twenty years his articles have appeared in a range of criminal justice and police publications, including The Times (law supplement) and Criminal Lawyer. He contributes regularly to G4S International magazine and to county journals in East Anglia. He lives in Suffolk, keeps geese and is a member of the Dinghy Cruising Association. For a full list of publications to which he has contributed, go to:- www.martingosling-writer.co.uk
Clive Graham – wrote his first story, “Understanding”, as an entry for a West Country Writers’ Association competition. When it won, he was encouraged to keep writing; what he particularly enjoys is imagining an incident or situation and then exploring how it arose, or what it leads to. He’s often surprised by the result…
Deven Greene – is a writer of crime and mystery with a medical or scientific basis. While several of Deven’s short stories have not been published yet, one such story, Desperate Measures, has been previously published. This author is currently finishing a first novel, a medical thriller. Deven is a pathologist, who has practiced near San Francisco for over 20 years.
Clive Gresswell – is 54 and lives in Luton Bedfordshire. He is a second year Creative Writing student at the University of Bedfordshire. He writes short stories and poetry. Clive was a journalist for 30 years and decided to take up the creative writing course after being made redundant. He has had some poetry published on-line.
Karenne Griffin – has written numerous short stories and some of her work has been included in anthologies. She has published two novels: Beyond the Island and New Voices in the Valley. She is currently working on a sequel to Beyond the Island. She was born in Australia but now lives in Wales. For more information visit her website: karennegriffin.yolasite.com.
Raelke Grimmer – writes short stories, YA fiction and children’s books, and writes book reviews and a Literature & Technology column for Lip Magazine. She is the author of picture book What in the World? and a YA eSeries entitled Sleepwalking at Big World Network. Find out more at her online home, www.raelkegrimmer.com . Read more HERE
Hilary Halliwell – is a short story and children’s writer. She has published over one hundred short stories in most of the major women’s magazines in the UK including, My Weekly, The People’s Friend, Woman’s Weekly, The Weekly News, Yours Magazine, Take a Break Fate and Fortune, and several DC Thomson hardback annuals. She has also sold stories to Australia/New Zealand best-selling publications, That’s Life Fast Fiction and Woman’s day.
Sharon Haston – has written stories since she was a child. Her family call her Dilly Daydream as she always has her head in the clouds. When she isn’t writing she is addicted to TV programmes such as “A Place in the Sun” as she would love to retire to the sun. She also loves Zumba even if she is usually making up her own steps and facing the wrong way from the rest of the class!
Deborah Hawksley – was a professional opera singer for over twenty years, during which she travelled widely and had a great deal of fun. Check out http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QrAlmZ3N0MM Now she has turned her creative energies to writing, discovering it offers just as much fun, and you don’t have to wear any make-up! Follow her on twitter #@hawkdebs.
Derek Haycock – is a novelist and short story writer living in north Suffolk. Before he turned to creative writing, his career had been in research and development, mostly undertaken within multinational companies. His first novel (The Brilliance of Matt White) is available as an eBook through Amazon. He is close to finishing a second novel and has the opening and plot for a third. The only common element is that his novels are inhabited by unusual characters, upon whom life’s problems fall a little harder — and a lot weirder — than for most of us, fortunately.
Michelle Heatley – is a writer, pure and simple. She has sold short stories to Australian magazines, had stories broadcast on radio and her debut novel is due out in 2013. Her awards include a Highly Commended by Stratford Literary Festival and she has a Diploma in Literature and Creative Writing with the Open University. She lives by the sea in Devon, which is a constant inspiration. She blogs at http://fishsoupnovel.blogspot.co.uk and tweets @fishoupwriting
G. Lloyd Helm – Helm is a world traveler and general ne’er do well scribbler who has three novels out with a fourth on its way, as well as a compilation of BIG DAVE stories called TRAIN WHEELS, FLYING SAUCERS, AND THE GHOST OF TIBURCIO VASQUEZ. Helm’s epitaph will read “He married well. www.mouseprintspublishing.com
Ingrid Heyn – was born in Australia, although conceived in Europe, and has always considered herself a ‘citizen of the world’ (as expressed by Socrates).
She cannot a remember a time when she was not both reading and writing purely for the pleasure of seeing and hearing the written word as a springboard to the mind and the imagination. She was the winner of the Geelong Bardic Prize, has written for Australian Bookwriters and Publishers, and is currently at work on a full-length novel as well as various other works. Her essay ‘The Misbegotten Corpse”, a history of how the mythology of vampires arose as detailed in Slavic texts, was published in 2010.
Ingrid studied her B.Sc. (majoring in Biochemistry) and her B.Mus. at Melbourne University, and is currently undertaking studies in pathology. She is also a Registered Marriage Celebrant and opera singer. She has a passionate interest in ancient and classical history, theology, languages, research, and more. Her weaknesses are excellent coffee, a good cup of tea, Belgian chocolate, and cheeses of almost all descriptions.
Chris Heyward – has been writing since she was old enough to hold a pencil but always consigned the results to the back of the proverbial drawer. Now living in deepest, darkest Somerset with husband and hooligan cat, she feels it’s time to get some stories ‘out there’. Her Alfie Dog story ‘Blue Freesias’ is her first ever published piece.
Suzie Hindmarsh-Knights –In her formative years Suzie Hindmarsh-Knights worked on a racehorse property in rural Victoria, gaining an in depth knowledge of the Australian racing industry. She lived in Hong Kong for five years, travelled through North and South America, Europe and Asia as well as remote trips through the Australian Outback. These experiences bring a distinctive perspective to her writing. www.suziehindmarshknights.com
Rebecca Holmes – lives in Leicestershire, in the heart of England. Her stories appear regularly in The People’s Friend, as well as other magazines including Woman’s Weekly, My Weekly and Ireland’s Own. She loves the Lake District, the West Country and her cat. Her family sometimes get a look-in, too.
Vivienne Holmes – began writing children’s stories following retirement. Five stories have been published in Ireland’s Own. Originally from Cornwall, she lives with her husband Noel and their two border collies in the midlands of Ireland. She started writing what her family described as barmy bird stories after rescuing and rearing an injured baby jackdaw. He lives in hope he may one day be a hero in one of her stories!
Valerie Holmes – has had over 35 titles published in print and digital format varying in genre from romance to crime and contemporary to historical. She loves a mystery and is definitely still in touch with her inner child. Her work has been shortlisted for the Romance Prize Hannah of Harpham Hall and for The Love Story of the Year Moving On. A selection of her romantic adventures and history mysteries are now available as eBooks. She is also an experienced creative writing tutor of distance learning courses, with: The London School of Journalism and Writing Magazine and independently. www.valerieholmesauthor.wordpress.com
Vanessa Horn – is a Junior School teacher who first became interested in writing a few years ago when she took a sabbatical year. Since then, she has written several hundred stories, some of which have been published in magazines, and others having won prizes in short story competitions. She enjoys reading, shopping and going out for meals.
Teresa Howard – is a life-long fan of science fiction and fantasy. Her published stories cover a wide range of the speculative fiction genre and children’s stories. She enjoys attending conventions and meeting others who share her love for writing. Teresa has participated in beginning and advanced writers workshops by Ann Crispin at Dragon*con in Atlanta. For many years she was employed as a technology coordinator and computer lab instructor at a local elementary school in Birmingham Alabama.
Susan Howe – writes short and very short fiction and has won several prizes over the last few years. Some of her work can be found on the Ether Books App and at Alfie Dog Fiction as well as in anthologies and magazines, while ‘The Beast Next Door’ will be released as a short feature film early in 2014. She is a selecting editor for the FlashFlood Journal and enjoys judging competitions. Susan lives in rural Herefordshire with her husband, son and pets, and blogs, or bribes other writers to blog, at the long and the short of it.
Ann Ingalls – has been writing for most of her adult life, both as an early childhood and special education teacher and as a freelance writer. She is the author of 23 books in print or forthcoming for Houghton Mifflin, Penguin Books for Young Readers, Scholastic, World Book, Child’s World, Norwood House, and Pilgrim Press. Ann is a frequent contributor to Highlights High Five and Highlights Hello Magazines. Visit her website at www.anningalls.com.
Bernadette James – was brought up in Cornwall and now lives in Surrey with her husband. She has had numerous short stories published in women’s magazines in the UK and overseas, including Woman’s Weekly, Take a Break, The People’s Friend and Best. Her work has been placed or shortlisted in competitions for both poetry and short stories and has also appeared in a number of short story anthologies.
Denise Jay – has been writing for three years. She has been published in The People’s Friend and was one of the prize winners in the Reader’s Digest 100-Word Story Competition, 2011. She loves writing all kinds of short stories, but ghost stories are her particular favourite.
Paul Jenner – is a 32 year old teacher living and working in Sheffield, England. He has been teaching maths for nearly a decade and has recently decided to try his hand at writing fiction, in-between changing his new son’s nappies and shaping the mathematical minds of tomorrow. So far he has completed several short stories and begun work on his first novel.
Arlene Johnson – has been messing up perfectly good white paper with black keystrokes for over ten years. Her articles and stories have appeared in numerous magazines and websites, much to her pleasant surprise. Currently, she resides in Alberta Canada, where the sub-Arctic temperatures allow more time for writing indoors.
Linda Ann Johnson – has won three short story competitions and has had stories published in small press magazines, including Scribble. She currently has short stories out in issue three and four of Kishboo e magazine, and a poem in issue 5. Linda regularly has letters published in magazines and newspapers. She writes in many genres including science fiction, fantasy, young adult, romance and crime. Linda likes to have two different novels on the go at any time in different stages.
Rosemary Johnson – has published short stories in Every Day Fiction, Mslexia, The Copperfield Review and Circa, but at the moment she is concentrating on writing a historical novel. She blogs about writing and everyday life at Write On and about books at Dear Reader. In real life, Rosemary lives with her husband and cat in Essex, England, and, despite having attempted to retire once, still teaches information technology.
Duncan Jones – is found nearer to a pint than a cocktail, is nearer to 40 than 20 and according to his wife is nearer to being a geek than ever being cool. As well as other stories for children on Alfie Dog he has a range of short fiction/poetry published in Structo and Ether books.
Lydia Jones – writes serials and short stories for: Woman’s Weekly; The People’s Friend; My Weekly; Take A Break and has been published in Australia. Her work has won international competitions and featured in anthologies. Her e-book trilogy “For A Smile” spent several months in Amazon top ten for its genre. Lydia describes her stories as “feel-good”: whatever happens a happy ending is assured. When not writing, Lydia will be walking with her rescue dog Dino! www.lydiajones.co.uk
Maggie Jones – lives on the beautiful Isle of Wight, where she finds the inspiration to write. Her genres are romance, comedy and drama. Bessie’s Rescue was her first story published with Alfie Dog, she has since had a further 19 stories published, including stories in the compilations ‘Came as Me, Left as We,’, ‘A Wish for Christmas’, and ‘Read it Again’. Maggie’s own book, Blue’s Adventures, was published at the end of 2014. Blue’s Adventures is a children’s book about a teddy bear, Blue, and his adventures living on the Isle of Wight. Blue has his own face book page, where he posts his daily adventures. The book has been very well received, gaining 5* reviews on Amazon. Maggie is chairperson of The Wight Fair Writers & Artists Circle www.iowwritingcircle.co.uk which holds competitions to support local Charities. She has a face book page facebook.com/groups/622709414412970/ where likeminded authors share tips and ideas.
Merran Jones – has been writing for the past year or so. She likes to tackle a variety of genres and has also written the first draft of a book. Her work has appeared in the Darker Times Collection Volume Two; One Page Literary Magazine, and has been shortlisted in Writers’ Forum.
Susan Jones – Susan Jones lives in North Warwickshire and writes pocket novels for My Weekly. She also writes short stories and has one in the weekly edition of My Weekly coming soon. Author of Redington and Murder in the village, she is now planning a Christmas in Redington when she’s finished her current romantic story for a pocket novel. When she’s not writing, hobbies are gardening and spending time with family, in reverse order. You can find her website here www.susanjanejones.com She is blogging here www.susanjanejones.wordpress.com
Tamara Jones – Former languages teacher pleased to be devoting all her time to writing. Beats lesson preparation and marking any day. Lives out the back of beyond on the edge of a forest and when not writing, spends inordinate amounts of time gardening and watching the wildlife. Winner of 2014 short story competitions by Jotters United and Henshaw Quarterly and has had stories accepted for publication by Jotters United, Scribble Magazine and Short Story Sunday.
Joel Kaye – Some time student architect, retail manager, further education teacher. His radio play ‘Haste’ was broadcast on Radio 4. He read his own short stories on BBC Radio Oxford. His stage plays have been produced in Cropredy, Oxfordshire, Oxford, Brighton and Cardiff, including a full-length piece on dark events behind the founding of Oxford’s world-renowned Ashmolean Museum (www.eliasashmoleversusthewidow.com). His humorous verse has been published in the ‘Oxford Mail’, ‘The People’ and ‘Farce Haven Tribune’. ‘Strange Eyes’ is the first of a projected story series.
Allyn Keigh – has loved science fiction since second grade, when an exasperated teacher forbade her to submit yet one more Tom Swift book report. That seemed totally unreasonable, since she had only submitted twenty-four or twenty-five at that point… Fast forward to the present day. As an adult, Allyn is free to indulge her passion for tales of the future without restraint, both as reader and author. The eternal question remains— “What will they come up with next?”
Camilla Kelly – has had short stories published online and in various magazines in the UK and abroad, including Take a Break, Woman’s Weekly, My Weekly and The People’s Friend. She lives in Devon and is currently working on a novel for young adults.
Rosemary J. Kind – turned to writing after a 20 year business career, although she has written as a hobby for many years. Initially she focussed on non-fiction. Her main passion, however, is fiction. She also writes her dog’s daily diary as an internet blog www.alfiedog.me.uk She has won a number of prizes and short listings for her poetry and short stories. Her main hobby is developing the Entlebucher Mountain Dog breed within the UK. She has published 6 books including both fiction and non-fiction. You can find her own writing blog at www.rjkind.co.uk
Svetlana Kortchik – was born in a small Siberian town of Tomsk and, when she was 16, moved to Australia with her mum. She lives in Sydney, working as a computer programmer. Her passions are writing, travelling, history and martial arts. www.facebook.com/lanakortchik. Her books are available on Amazon
Pauline Lachman – has published and won one short children’s story competition. Her poems and writing journal can be found at Google.com under Pauline Lachman. She has always written stories. Now retired she writes and reads at two writers clubs in Ontario, Canada.
E J Lamprey – lives near Edinburgh, Scotland and has been variously a book reviewer on a city paper, a columnist in a national magazine, a copy-editor and critiquer, a commercial blogger and the weekend reporter on a country newspaper, usually alongside more conventional jobs. She is also writing a series of cheerful whodunits set in Scotland.
Catherine Lang – started writing in her teens and, after graduation, worked in educational publishing and then public affairs. She wrote on myriad topics, her work regularly appearing in print and electronic media. In recent years she has added fiction, poetry and drama to her portfolio and has enjoyed success in competition and in publication. A founder member of LiterEight, she has contributed both as writer and editor to their two anthologies.
Fiona Law – has had three novels published with Eternal Press and has various short stories published too, the most recent being The Traveller which was awarded third place in 2011’s Asham Anthology, Something Was There.
Helen Laycock – Helen’s short stories, plays and poetry have been successful in many writing competitions. She has compiled three short story collections and is currently working on three more. Helen also writes flash fiction, and has been featured in The Best of CafeLit for the last three consecutive years. Her poetry has most recently appeared in Popshot Magazine, The Caterpillar and Full Moon and Foxglove (Three Drops Press), and has been published in several further anthologies. In addition, she has penned nine children’s books for 8-12-year-olds.
Linda Lewis – has been writing and selling short stories for ten years. She works part time as a tutor for The Writers Bureau and also gives talks, runs workshops and judges competitions. Her fiction has appeared in magazines including Woman’s Weekly, My Weekly, Yours, Best, Take a break/Fiction Feast and The People’s Friend, as well as titles in Australia and Scandinavia. Her book, THE WRITER’S TREASURY OF IDEAS was published in 2012 (Filament Publishing). At present she is working on a series of guides for writers which are being published on Kindle by Byker Books. She is also working on a novel aimed at teenage readers.
Peter Lingard – born a Briton sold ice-creams on railway stations, worked as a bank clerk, delivered milk, laboured in a large dairy, served in the Royal Marines and ‘bounced’ leery customers in a London clip-joint. He was an accountant, a barman and a farm worker. Peter lived in the US for a while, where he owned a freight forwarding business. He went to Australia because the sun frequently shines and the natives communicate in English. His stories and poems have appeared in 60+ magazines and e-zines. His first novel seeks publication. Contact him at email@example.com
M. H. Liu – lives in Madison, WI (USA!) and has been previously published in a sparse number of obscure literary magazines. She sometimes puts up stories, book reviews, and shameless musings at mhliu.weebly.com
John Lockyer – is a writer and a teacher. He has over 100 titles in print, many of which have been published for the educational market. He has written books for children of all ages, covering a diverse range of topics. A History of New Zealand received a Booksellers Gold Award. Willie Apiata VC (2009, Puffin) was a finalist in the Non-Fiction category of the 2010 NZ Post Children’s Book Awards. His favourite stories are science fiction and fantasy.
Brian Long – wrote his first stories for his school magazine; after winning a prize for English, in the form of book tokens, he scandalised his headmaster by including in his purchases a paperback P. G. Wodehouse! Following a career encompassing stand-up comedy, singing and, alas, various Civil Service jobs, he is now retired and dividing time between Swansea and Western France with his wife and cat. He is currently concentrating on writing comic verse.
Chris Longoria-Gonzalez – is a devoted, sleep-deprived father and husband who has complicated relationships with coffee, movies, and TV crime dramas. He’s written feature length screenplays, short stories, and is currently writing two novels. To let off steam, he writes songs and performs them in and around the Dallas / Fort Worth, Texas area. Follow him at Facebook.com/clgwriter or Twitter.com/clgwriter.
Ceri Lowe-Petraske – has been writing seriously for ten months and has won prizes in Cazart Flash, Global Short Stories and Story Star Publishing Competitions. She has also been short and long listed in a number of competitions including Writer’s Forum, Flash 500, Lightship Publishing and the 2012 Rubery Short Story Award. She is currently working on her first novel, a dystopian epic set in a post-apocalyptic version of Bristol where she lives with her partner Kristina and three cats. She can found blogging about her writing at http://cerilowepetraske.wordpress.com/
Amanda Lunt – has only recently arrived at the fiction writing party. She has had stories published in ‘Prima’ and ‘Yours’ magazines and won Derbyshire Libraries’ ‘Poem A Month’ competition. As Amanda Barton she works in teacher education and has written numerous articles and a handful of books about teaching foreign languages. Like her two black kittens, she enjoys spending time in the sun – a rare occurrence in the High Peak.
Perry Mc Daid – Born and bred in Derry, Northern Ireland, with short work-oriented exiles to Belfast, Perry Mc Daid is a poet and writer who continues to appear on the international scene. Some of his work is on display in Peter Townsend’s “The Irish Exhibition”. He resides with his family in Creggan, nestled beneath the Donegal hills, scratching his head and beavering away at his next novel. His current novel: the fantasy ‘The Paladin of Tarrthála’ is available in both ebook and hardback. A collection of previously unpublished short stories ‘String o’ Misery’ is his latest release. News of his daring exploits and general updates can be found at http://phoenixmartin.wordpress.com/
Dr J. E. McGee – lives in Worcester with husband Roger and cat James. She works full-time as Head of Psychology at a school in the West Midlands and has had nine articles published in the A Level publication, ‘Psychology Review’. The idea for her story for children, ‘The spider that came in from the cold’ developed from her Psychology teaching. She plans to write a series of stories to encourage children to look favourably upon these fascinating creatures.
Sharon McGregor – has had stories and articles appear in Fifty Something Magazine, Crime and Suspense Magazine, Great Mystery and Suspense Magazine, Lake Country Journal, Horizon, Reader’s Digest Canada, and Chicken Soup for the Soul. When not writing, she is busy selling ice cream and candy in her soda shop.
James McHarg – lives in Ottawa, Canada, with his wife, Helen. Throughout his life, he has enjoyed creative pursuits such as guitar playing, song writing, and oil painting. Upon retirement in 2011, he tried his hand at writing. He has written numerous short stories, including ‘Bullied on a Bus’, published by Alfie Dog Fiction. Caliburn Press in the U.S. published his first novella, a thriller titled ‘Incoming Call’. He has also self-published the mystery / suspense novella, ‘Sins of the Past’, and is currently plodding toward the finish line on completing his first novel.
Gill McKinlay – writes (mainly) humorous short stories and articles and has had 75 published in various magazines including Cat World, Your Cat, Woman’s Weekly, My Weekly, The Weekly News, Take a Break, Fiction Feast and That’s Life! (Australia).
Annabel Mackenzie – lives in Hampshire, in the south of England, with her fiancé. She is a new writer, currently studying an MA in Creative Writing at the University of Chichester, where she is working on a collection of short stories. Prior to starting this course she had poetry published in the anthology Sweet Nothings (2011). ‘He’s Weird’ is her first story in publication and she hopes many more will follow.
Regan W H Macaulay – is an art-fart and an animal-enthusiast who loves New Zealand, Winnie-the-Pooh, horror movies, and a few select individuals. Writing is her passion, but she’s also into producing and directing theatre, film, and television. When she’s not writing or spending time with her husband, writer Kevin Risk, she spends quality time with her pets (a Chihuahua, two Siamese cats and a few frogs and toads). Regan is also a Certified Canine Massage Therapist. Her website is reganwhmacaulay.weebly.com
Vesna Main – was born in Zagreb, Croatia. She is a graduate of comparative literature and holds a PhD from the Shakespeare Institute, Birmingham. A lecturer at universities in Nigeria and the UK she also worked at the BBC and as a college teacher. She has written for numerous journals and has had two novels published: A Woman with No Clothes On (Delancey Press 2008) and The Reader the Writer (Mirador, 2015). Her short stories have appeared in literary magazines; a collection will be published next year (Salt, 2017). She lives in London and in Occitanie, France.
John Malone – lives in Adelaide, South Australia not far from the beach. He loves swimming – in summer – and walking. Since his early retirement ten years ago, John has discovered the joy of writing, having had two volumes of adult poetry published and over 160 children’s poems in the UK, the US. Australia and NZ. This year he has discovered the joy of short story writing. This is his third adult short story to be published.
R. F. Marazas – won first place in the Dahlonega Literary Festival 2007 Novel Contest (Not Published), and tied for first place in the A Word With You Press 2014 Once Upon a Time Contest (Not Published), for his novel Dimensions In Ego, and has published short fiction and flash fiction in ten Anthologies and on-line and print venues.
Jill Maughan – was born in 1958 in Newcastle upon Tyne. She went to Sunderland University, where she achieved a BA HONS in communication studies. Bloodaxe published her first collection of poems, Ghosts at Four o’Clock, and she won an Eric Gregory Award in 1987. Her poems have appeared in anthologies including New Women Poets (ed Carol Rumens, Bloodaxe, 1990). The Gregory Anthology (Hutchinson), and Fourpack#1 Four from Northern Women (Bloodaxe, 1986). HarperCollins published her first children’s book, The Deceivers. After stints in journalism and social work, she now works part time as a literacy support worker at Windlestone special school in County Durham. She is also currently writing a new children’s book.
Theresa van Meter – is a writer from Jackson, Ohio, USA. Her most recent work is published in the magazine, True Confessions and online at Alfie Dog. Her love affair with words started the very moment she realized that words could transport a reader anywhere. One of her favorite books as a child was a huge dictionary that she lugged to school. It is now frayed and falling apart from continual use. Her first fiction writing accomplishment came when she received an honorable mention from a writing contest at her elementary school.
Daniel Miller – is a Texas-based writer and teacher. He holds degrees from the University of Edinburgh and Duke University. He has published one book, Animal Ethics & Theology (Routledge, 2012). His short fiction and creative nonfiction have appeared in Amarillo Bay, Riding Light, Short Story Sunday, and The Tishman Review.
Henry Mitchell – has written two novels, The Summer Boy (2013), Between Times (2014), and a collection of short stories, Dark on the Mountain (Nov. 2015), all published by Alfie Dog Fiction. He currently lives with his wife Jane Ella Matthews, a Feldenkrais instructor, and their German shepherd, Simon in the town of Saluda (population 710) in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. Henry is working on a third novel, “Laurel Falls,” to complete his trilogy about photographer Benjamin Drum, which will be out later this year, and a mystery novel about religion and murder, tentatively titled “Belief.”
Lori Windsor Mohr – has been writing professionally for sixteen years. Her short stories have been published in Family Dog, The Stafford, and Pug Talk, where she was a staff writer for six years. Lori holds a master’s degree in Nursing from UCLA and taught at Cal State University before devoting herself full time to writing. Her son Michael Mohr has been a bestselling author at Alfiedog.com. Lori lives a life of quiet chaos with her husband and dogs in Ojai, California.
Michael Mohr – is a Bay Area writer. In addition, he is a freelance book editor. Formerly, Michael was a literary agent’s assistant. Check out his website/blog: Michaelmohrwriter.com. Find him on Twitter @Michael_Editor. He is a member of the Bay Area Editors’ Forum. His work can be found in Flash: The International Short Short Story Magazine, Gothic City Press, Tincture Journal, Fiction Magazines, and others. He has been a guest blogger for Writers’ Digest and The San Francisco Writers’ Conference Newsletter. Michael lives in North Oakland in a studio he refers to as The Writers’ Cave. In his spare time, he…writes.
Margaret Mounsdon – short story writer and author of twenty two romantic novels gave up proper work in 2000 to do the job she loves best in the world – writing. She’s always been a bit of a dreamer and can often be found staring into space as she thinks up ideas and characters for her next story. Purely in the cause of research she eavesdrops shamelessly in supermarket queues and coffee shops.
Elke Nagy – is an artist and freelance writer. She spends her days writing in the lush surrounds of far North Queensland while being mercilessly bossed about by a fat tabby cat.
Alan Nicholls – has been writing since his retirement, mainly for pleasure, and mostly with humorous intent. He has had four short stories published, and about a dozen competition short listings, and he blogs, now and then, as the mood takes him. He also tells people he’s writing a novel, which sometimes is true, but more often isn’t, and he suspects it will end up as linked short stories.
Julie Noble – Julie’s work has appeared in Mslexia (most recently Dec, Jan, Feb 2016/7), Writing Magazine, in the UK and abroad. In 2004, she successfully self-published YA novel ‘Talli’s Secret’ about dyspraxia, bereavement and the Brontës – Talli’s Secret was longlisted for Whitbread and a finalist in the Brit Writers 2010. Julie is currently completing a Novel with Cinnamon Press –due out 2018.
Roger Noons – After many years of writing technical reports, in 2006 Roger began writing scripts for a film-making friend. Since then he has completed over 500 short stories, poems, memoirs and non-fiction pieces. He has had work published in The Telegraph, West Midlands newspapers and magazines, CafeLit, 5 Minute Fiction, Running Out of Ink as well as anthologies of poetry and prose. Last year he self-published a book of 26 of his stories and this year he has written and directed his first film. From time to time, he performs his poetry and regularly reads to groups of blind and poor-sighted people. He has been invited to attend local schools as a ‘Guest Poet.’
Jacqui Pack – lives in Hampshire, on England’s south coast, is married with two teenage children, and owns a highly accident-prone dog called Tilly. She holds a BA (Hons) Humanities with Creative Writing, First Class from the Open University, and a Creative Writing MA with Distinction from the University of Chichester. Jacqui was awarded Long Story Short’s ‘Story of the Year 2009’, and, in 2014, was among the winners of The London Magazine’s ‘Southern Universities Short Story’ competition. She is currently working on her first novel. Further information about Jacqui’s fiction and poetry can be found at http://jacquipack.jimdo.com/ or via @JPCertHum
Kate Packman – has always loved books but it wasn’t until she studied creative writing at university that she gave writing them a go. After being a school librarian for a few years Kate wrote two novels for children (unpublished) and now she teaches English to adults. Recently she ventured into the realm of short stories and found a niche she loves. When she is not reading or writing she loves a day out with her family in their classic VW ‘Notchie’. You can follow Kate on Twitter @PackmanKate.
Alice Parrant – has had short stories published in both Woman’s Weekly Magazine and in the small press. She has also had work placed and shortlisted in a few competitions including the Yorkshire Ridings True Romance Contest. Alice tends to work best in cafes, so has developed a rather unfortunate taste for multiple cups of coffee and plates of cake! She blogs at http://aliceinwritingland.wordpress.com/
Margaret Pearce– started her writing life as a copywriter in an advertising agency and took to writing fiction when raising children. Her first primary booklet ended up nearly the length of Gone With The Wind as the kids rushed home every afternoon demanding, ‘Quick! Where’s the next chapter’. This did eventually get published as four primary books with lots of cutting down. She completed an Arts Degree as a mature age student at Monash University and got most of the way through a Dip Ed before acknowledging she was not teacher material as she kept mislaying chalk, dusters, lesson plans and the occasional student. She lurks in an underground flat in the Dandenongs, still writing.
Paul Peppers – is a 53 year old diesel mechanic living in Cartersville, GA. He has an associate degree from Coosa Valley Tech. His short stories have appeared on the Western online and drunkmonkeysonimpression.com / another of his stories is to appear in an anthology put together by Loconeal publishing. And another small article on One Book Shelf.
Angela Pickering – has had over 100 stories published, mostly in magazines including Yours, Take A Break’s Fiction Feast, Woman’s Weekly, My Weekly and The People’s Friend. She has had stories published in the small press and has won, or been placed, in several competitions.
Pat St. Pierre – has been writing poetry, fiction, and nonfiction since her college days. She tries to capture small vignettes of life and turn them into poems. Her published chapbook “Theatre of Life” by Finishing Line Press contains such poems. Her children’s writings have been published widely: The Kids Ark, US Kids, Our Little Friend, My Light, Knowonder, Smories, Stories that Lift, etc. She also has a love of photography and can be seen carrying her camera wherever she goes. She takes photos and then tries to write her titles which also describe “snapshots” of everyday occurrences. Some of her photos can be viewed at: Ken*Again, Ramshackle Review, Pond Ripples, The Shine, The Camel Saloon, Foliate Oak, etc. She considers herself a literary “jack of all trades” and thoroughly enjoys what she does. Her blog is www.pstpierre.wordpress.com.
Peter Pitt – is retired; he was born in Hendon, Middlesex and lived most of his life in the London area. He was a film editor, working on many TV series such as, The Saint, The Champions and The Persuaders. He is now living in Scotland, where he has had two of his one-act plays published.
Khristo Poshtakov – lives and writes in Sofia, Bulgaria. Currently, he is the most widely published Bulgarian SF writer around the world: translations of his short stories and novels have appeared in the US, UK, Spain, Russia, France, etc. You can find more about him on Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Khristo_Poshtakov
Nicola Prentis – writes fiction and materials for English Language Teaching and has won an award for her book, The Tomorrow Mirror. She also writes erotica under the pen name Nicola Jane, with a choose-your-own-adventure style novella out with Harper Impulse, Follow Your Fantasy. She is based in Madrid and London and is a member of the inspirational Madrid Writers’ Club.
Ron Puckering – was asked by Blackwell Scientific Publications, to write a series of four technical books, three of which went to second editions. After taking early retirement he took up creative writing, and had a short story, ‘Harry Meets Mandy’ published in the ‘Your Cat Magazine’. Winner of the prestigious Tavistock Music and Arts Festival short story competition with his short story ‘Patrick Mahoney’s Waterloo’, he was also recently short listed for the CWA Debut Dagger Award.
Mary Raebel – works as an assistant editor for a parenting magazine. In addition to writing news stories and features, she has had children’s fiction published in magazines such as Pockets, My Friend and On the Line. Her favorite places to write are in the park, at the local pool and in between innings at her son’s baseball games. Mary also worked in radio news for 15 years and has experience in commercial acting.
Pam Ramage – began writing for children after joining Ayr Writers Club. She has had stories published in various children’s magazines, including Twinkle, Bimbo & Pippin (also Annuals) – 2 stories in Story Teller and stories broadcast on Radio Scotland. She wrote scripts for Postman Pat magazine and scripts for Radio Ulster’s Schools Programmes. She wrote commissioned stories for the children’s page in My Weekly and has stories in 3 anthologies. ‘Christmas Short Story Anthology'(Kindle Edition) is available from Amazon.
Nalini Ramesh – Nalini Ramesh is an obstetrician and gynaecologist who has worked in India, Oman and Malaysia. Deeply touched by the daily struggles imposed by their gender, her stories reflect the social suppression of women and their hidden tragedies.
Tom Rhoyd – following the publication of some stories in local and British magazines in his student years, he moved into the corporate world where he wrote innumerable technical reports. After too many years of that tedium, he returned to writing fiction of contemporary South Africa—people, places, and events that are often shaped by the past. His recent work has appeared in New Contrast (literary journal) and DRUM (iconic Black magazine).
Valerie Robinson – has been writing in her head for years and it came as something of a revelation that if she wrote these stories down other people might actually want to read them, publish them and give her competition prize money! She lives in Lancashire after a long spell in the south, and is now trying very hard to like rain.
Lilliana Rose – grew up on a farm in Australia, played with DNA, taught science, and travelled, which has fed her imagination and spurred her to write. Creating Wings (2012) is her first collection of poetry. She has a Masters in creative writing at Adelaide University. Check out more of her work at: www.lillianarose.com
Fiona Faith Ross – lives in the South West of England. She has a lifelong interest in technology and recently gained a BSC in Information Technology (Reading). She writes novel length science fiction, ghost and horror stories. She won a prize from Seattle-based editor, Anne Mini, for the first page of her novel entitled IN TWO MINDS. She won an honourable mention from Fantasy & Science Fiction Magazine in their competition #83, ‘Tweeted‘. She is seeking agency representation for IN TWO MINDS, a techno-thriller of 63,000 words. She can be contacted at ffross[at]ymail[dot]com.
Stephen Rowson – has diverse interests. When not writing fiction he works as an engineering consultant in the aerospace industry and enjoys flying an elderly single-engine airplane around the midwestern U.S., playing Chopin nocturnes on the piano, and reading a variety of fiction, from Sue Grafton to Alan Furst to Georges Simenon (in French).
Lorna Rozak – is a writer, and ‘just for fun’ artist and poet, in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Her work path has included nursing, career development, volunteer/fund development and administration. But her true passions are spirituality, animal rights, holistic/energy healing and writing from the ‘smiling, inner’ heart. Her remarkable interspecies family of four cats (Tiggles, Smooches, Angel and Ezzie) inspire and share her journey.
W. Jack Savage – is a retired broadcaster and educator. He is the author of seven books including Imagination: The Art of W. Jack Savage (wjacksavage.com). To date, more than fifty of Jack¹s short stories and over seven-hundred of his paintings and drawings have been published worldwide. Jack and his wife Kathy live in Monrovia, California.
Rhema Sayers – is a retired physician, who spent most of her career as an ER doctor. She lives in the Arizona desert with her husband and three dogs and has started a new career as a writer.
Glyn Scott – is a former head teacher living on the South Wales coast. He has recently completed a master’s degree in creative writing and has for a number of years run a writing club for children in Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan. This keeps him fit both physically and mentally. The children at his workshops have encouraged him to start ploughing the road of getting his children’s novels and his short stories published.
Mark Scott – is a writer, editor, and translator who has worked in government, international relations, public relations, and academia. His anthologies include historical works published in the United States, UK, and Russian Federation. His English translation of Russian author Ivan Bunin was published in the US, his translation of stories by Konstantin Paustovsky in the US and UK. A Kansas native, Scott is a business consultant and college professor teaching American History and Humanities in Southern California.
Kay Seeley – has been a writer for several years, having previously worked in various posts in finance, banking, insurance and more recently within the Criminal Justice System. She has had short stories regularly published in Woman’s Weekly, The People’s Friend, Take a Break Fiction Feast and The Weekly News and on the internet. She was short-listed for The Ponsara Prize and the Strictly Writing competition in 2010, The Sid Chaplin Short Story Competition 2011, and the Skyros/ Writing Magazine Holiday Competition, 2011 and written two novels, as yet unpublished. She lives in Harrow with her husband and a disgruntled parrot. She has two daughters, both married and three grandchildren, all adorable.
Deborah Sheldon – short fiction has appeared in many literary journals such as ‘Quadrant’, ‘Island’ and ‘Page Seventeen’, and also in various anthologies including ‘Hard Labour’ (Crime Factory) and ‘The One That Got Away’ (Dark Prints Press). Her latest collections are ‘Mayhem: selected stories’ (Satalyte Publishing) and ‘300 Degree Days & other stories’ (Ginninderra Press). Her crime-noir novellas are ‘Ronnie and Rita’ and ‘Dark Waters’ (both through Cohesion Press). Other writing credits include TV scripts such as ‘Neighbours’, feature articles for national magazines, stage and radio plays, award-winning medical writing, and non-fiction books for Reed Books and Random House. Deb lives in Melbourne, Australia. Visit her at http://deborahsheldon.wordpress.com
Helena Sheridan – was brought up in Australia and moved to Scotland in 1976. Past President of the Ayr Writers’ Club and current drama workshop leader, Helena has written 20 children’s stories for “My Weekly” magazine, and 7 scripts, poems, lyrics and stories for BBC Radio Ulster Schools Programmes. She has also had women’s fiction and poetry published in Britain and abroad. Three times winner of the Scottish Association of Writers drama award, her plays and comic monologues have been performed in various theatres in Scotland. Further details on www.litereight.co.uk
Annette Siketa– born in England, Annette’s writing history was unremarkable until March 2008, when a routine eye operation rendered her totally blind. Her life changed completely, and it was her penchant for crafting stories that ‘saved’ her, although at the time, she knew nothing about professional writing. From a technical standpoint, her first novel, The Dolls House, was an unmitigated disaster. However, she persevered, and has now written numerous multi-award winning novels and short stories, covering a range of topics from children’s fantasy to historical fiction. The Sisterhood – Curse of Abbot Hewitt’, was released by Sinister Grin Press on 15th Febuary, 2017. http://sinistergrinpress.com/blog/pulling-teeth-annette-siketa/
Aaron Smith – was born in the Channel Islands in 1979. He attended Keele and York universities and loves to read, write and travel. He spent three years in his early twenties living and working in South-East Asia and has had a variety of different jobs over the years, including: scuba diving instructor, barman, patent clerk, garage door fitter and staff writer for a lifestyle magazine. He has two children, Elwood and Tiffany.
Ian D Smith – is a new writer, initially concentrating on non-fiction but recently developing an interest in short stories. He has had non-fiction features published in a national magazine, a professional association journal and in regional and local newspapers. He has ghost-written a number of press releases. He has had four erotic short stories published in the monthly subscription pdf magazine “Jade”.
Debora St. Fleurose – is a Haitian-American author born in Chicago, Illinois. She grew up with eight sisters and brothers, and enjoyed reading and writing. She, too, is pigeon-toed, but that didn’t stop her from joining her High School’s Track Team. She hopes to inspire other teens like her to dream big and to never give up. You can follow her on Twitter: @DFleurose
Pat St. Pierre – has been writing poetry, fiction, and nonfiction since her college days. She tries to capture small vignettes of life and turn them into poems. Her published chapbook “Theatre of Life” by Finishing Line Press contains such poems. Her children’s writings have been published widely: The Kids Ark, US Kids, Our Little Friend, My Light, Knowonder, Smories, Stories that Lift, etc. She also has a love of photography and can be seen carrying her camera wherever she goes. She takes photos and then tries to write her titles which also describe “snapshots” of everyday occurrences. Some of her photos can be viewed at: Ken*Again, Ramshackle Review, Pond Ripples, The Shine, The Camel Saloon, Foliate Oak, etc. She considers herself a literary “jack of all trades” and thoroughly enjoys what she does. Her blog is www.pstpierre.wordpress.com
J. Douglas Sparer – has been married for thirty-seven years, has two grown sons, and an elegant Bassett hound, Sadie. For the last thirteen years, he has worked for a Detroit casino, primarily as a table games supervisor. Forced into retirement in January, 2013, he has returned to writing as a way to avoid insanity. He holds degrees in English Literature, taught English Literature many years ago, and visits Stratford, Ontario yearly for the Shakespearean plays. He is maniacal about word choice, character development, and thematic consistency. He can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org
Frank Staniforth – lives with his wife in Sheffield, South Yorkshire. He’s always loved writing stories and poems for fun. In 1988, he started to take writing more seriously with a view to publication and so began to study fiction-writing books. So far, he’s had one sci-fi story published in a magazine (thrilling!) and now one accepted by Alfie Dog (ditto!). He is a full time carer for his Mum and writes whenever he has a spare moment (!)
J. J. Steinfeld – is a fiction writer, poet, and playwright who lives on Prince Edward Island, Canada, where he is patiently waiting for Godot’s arrival and a phone call from Kafka. While waiting, he has published fourteen books — ten short story collections, two novels, two poetry collections — the most recent ones being Misshapenness (Poetry, Ekstasis Editions, 2009)and A Glass Shard and Memory (Stories, Recliner Books, 2010). His short stories and poems have appeared in numerous periodicals and anthologies internationally, and over forty of his one-act plays and a handful of full-length plays have been performed in North America. http://www.ditchpoetry.com/jjsteinfeld.htm
Holly Stevens – was born in Barnstaple, Devon but now lives in Wales with her husband, children and managerie of animals. As well as writing, she enjoys reading, cooking, spending time with her family and horse riding. Holly is also a professional animal communicator and believes that the animals are our greatest healers and teachers. Her dream is to buy a smallholding, rescue unwanted animals, work with horses in Equine Assisted Therapy and breed Newfoundland dogs.
Dulcie Stone – has won acclaim as an Author, Educator and Campaigner for people with intellectual disabilities. Born in 1924, she has worked as Director of a Centre for people with intellectual disability; taught adult literacy classes; co-ordinated a range of Volunteer Services; and served on numerous boards and committees across Victoria. Dulcie was awarded an MBE in 1981, and has published over 20 books, both fiction and non-fiction.
Rosemary Sturge – has always enjoyed creating stories, particularly those with a historical background. She has published a full length mystery novel set in eighteenth century Venice, entitled Death of a Daughter of Venice, available on Amazon and Amazon Kindle, and is currently completing one set in the period of the English Civil War. If you would like to comment on Rosemary’s stories please contact her at http://historical-novels.co.uk/
Ginny Swart – is from Cape Town, South Africa. She started life as a graphic artist and a copywriter, then worked as a char in Australia and tutored English in Hong Kong. She has been writing for 13 years mainly for woman’s magazines all over the English speaking world ( and some places that aren’t. They translate!) To date she has had about 600 published. She is the short story tutor for three on-line writing colleges: the South African Writer’s College, the New Zealand Writer’s College and the UK Writer’s College. The big novel is just around the corner if she can stop thinking in bytes of 2000 words and get her act together.
Sarah Swatridge – writes short stories generally for the Women’s Magazine market. She has also written a variety of plays and novels. She has written for children but now concentrates on the adult market. Her aim, with each piece of writing, is to entertain you. To make you laugh, make you cry and to get you thinking.
Lorraine Swoboda – is an online advice columnist. She is one of the contributors to the One Word Anthology, and is writing a full length mystery based on ‘Freeze Frame’ from that collection. She is also working on a Regency romance.
Allison Symes – writes fairytales with bite usually as short stories and novels. Her favourite authors are P.G.Wodehouse, Jane Austen and Terry Pratchett. She attends the Winchester Writers’ Conference and is a member of The P.G. Wodehouse Society (UK) and The Association of Christian Writers. Allison is an Associate Member of the Society of Authors. She loves reading and writing and cannot imagine a world without books. She is on Facebook and Twitter.
Jeanne E. Tepper – is a freelance writer living in West Bloomfield, MI, USA. She is mother to a teenaged daughter (aka The Girl), wife to an awesome guy, and steward to three crazy cats. Her blog, Brainmotes, chronicles her adventures in motherhood, writing, gardening, and sometimes men’s fashion. Jeanne writes short fiction and articles in addition to blogging for The Detroit News in the MichMoms section. You can follow Jeanne on Facebook at www.facebook.com/brainmotes or check out her twitter feed, @brainmotes.
Meryl Brown Tobin – is an Australian writer of short and long fiction for adults and children, non-fiction, especially travel, poetry and educational puzzles. Her published work includes 18 books and hundreds of poems, puzzles, short stories and articles, and some cartoons which have appeared in more than 100 magazines and newspapers in Australia and internationally. More details are on her website http://sites.google.com/site/merylbrowntobin. A former teacher, she taught Humanities subjects in secondary schools.
Samantha Tonge – lives in Cheshire with her lovely family and two cats who think they are dogs. Along with writing, her days are spent cycling, willing cakes to rise and avoiding housework. A love of fiction developed as a child, when she was known for reading Enid Blyton books in the bath. A desire to write bubbled away in the background whilst she pursued other careers, including a fun stint working at the Disneyland Paris theme park. Formally trained as a linguist, Samantha now likes nothing more than holing herself up in the spare room, in front of the keyboard. Writing romantic comedies and short stories is her passion. Her debut novel, Doubting Abbey, is out now. See her website for more details: http://samanthatonge.co.uk
Nathaniel Tower – has written short fiction which has appeared in over 100 online and print magazines and has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and received notable honors by the Million Writers Award. His first novel was published by MuseItUp in July 2011. More information can be found at www.bartlebysnopes.com/ntower.htm.
Jackie Tritt – migrated to Australia from England many years ago. Since retiring from teaching, Jackie has been published in several of the major Australian newspapers. She has won many short story competitions, in Australia and overseas, and has a short story collection published by Ginninderra Press. She has had a crime novel published, first with Australian Pocket Press and then with Virtual Tales (both now defunct). She has been a regular writer over many years with Pearson’s children’s magazines and has also had children’s stories published on-line.
David Turnbull – was born in Edinburgh and now lives and works in London. His short fiction has been published in numerous magazines and short story anthologies – both in print and online. A member of the Clockhouse London Writer’s group his first novel, a children’s fantasy adventure entitled The Tale of Euan Redcap, was released on the Pixiefoot Press imprint of Essex based Wyvern Publications in March 2012.
Judy Upton – is a multi award-winning playwright/screenwriter with plays produced here in the UK by the Royal Court, Hampstead Theatre, National Theatre, BBC Radio 4 and others. She has also had two feature films and an original TV drama produced. Her short stories have been published in a number of print and online publications including the Yellow Room, Six Foot Gallery and Penhelion magazine. Her website is at: www.judyupton.co.uk
Elizabeth Weiss Vollstadt – Elizabeth Weiss Vollstadt has been writing for most of her life, winning many awards as a medical and business writer. As a free-lancer, she’s focused on children, although romance is always lurking in the back of her mind. She has written four non-fiction books for children and teenagers with Lucent Books, and a collection of short stories called Young Patriots: Inspiring Stories of the American Revolution, published by Boyds Mills Press. Other short stories have appeared in Highlights for Children, Jack and Jill, and Children’s Digest, as well as several anthologies. More recently, she published two novels for preteens, Pairs on Ice and Pairs at Nationals. Using ice skating as a backdrop, they explore preteen issues such as stepfamilies, bullying,friendship, and competition. You can check out her author’s page at www.amazon.com/author/elizabethvollstadt or follow her blog at www.elizabethvollstadt.blogspot.com
Ty Spencer Vossler – currently lives in Oaxaca, Mexico with his BMW (beautiful Mexican wife) and their daughter. Vossler has published novels, many short stories, poetry and essays. He attributes his originality to the fact that he shot his television over two decades ago.
Gerard Taylor Wallace – Writes short stories, and is currently rewriting a first novel. Published at Congruentspaces.com Issue 4, Paragraphplanet.com, and with stories here at Alfiedog. Served in Vietnam with the U.S.M.C, and studied photography at The School of Visual Arts in N.Y.C. Lives in Brooklyn, near the sea.
Tracey Walsh – started writing in 2014 and discovered a passion for writing flash fiction, winning the Flashbang contest (part of Crimefest 2015). She has had short stories published in magazines, including The People’s Friend and The Weekly News, and longer stories published as My Weekly “Pocket Novels”. She lives in Blackburn, Lancashire, is an insatiable reader of crime fiction and enjoys attending crime writing festivals.
Paul Warnes – is a literacy and numeracy tutor working in primary schools. He has had short stories published in magazines in the UK and abroad. He also writes for an educational publishing company. He used to work as an adult education creative writing tutor.
V.A. Warner – is 21 and has just finished her second year at the University of Bedfordshire, studying Creative Writing. She has been writing for as long as she can remember and enjoys getting lost in the worlds that she creates. At her home in Rainham, Essex, that she shares with her family, she writes short stories and YA fantasy novels.
Fay Wentworth – has recently had a collection of short stories, Destiny’s Footprints, published by Butford Publishing Ltd. Over 100 of her stories for children and adults have been published in magazines, anthologies and online, and have won awards in national competitions. Sweet Destiny, a trilogy of novellas where romance and mystery intertwine, is due for release in May 2012. Please visit her website: www.faywentworth.wordpress.com
Gloria West – West was born in the Scottish Borders but brought up in Birmingham. She now lives in Shropshire. Retired, Gloria has worked as a secretary, a hotel receptionist and a civil servant. She is a trained teaching assistant and occasionally helps at a local pre-school. She has been a supporting artiste in TV programmes and one film. Her hobbies are reading, singing, folk music and dancing. Her partner is a talented singer and musician while Gloria plays the guitar and whistles but admits she is no expert. She also enjoys doing historical research and has been a member of amateur dramatic societies.
Simon Whaley – Simon Whaley is the bestselling author of One Hundred Ways For A Dog To Train Its Human, and 12 other non-fiction books. His short stories have been published in Take a Break, Woman’s Weekly, The Weekly News, The People’s Friend and Ireland’s Own. More information about Simon can be found at www.simonwhaley.co.uk
Pauline Wiles – British by birth, Pauline Wiles moved to California nine years ago and, apart from a yearning for afternoon tea and historic homes, has never looked back. Her work has been published by House of Fifty, Toasted Cheese and Open Exchange. Pauline’s debut novel, Saving Saffron Sweeting, was a quarter finalist in the 2013 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award.
Alan C. Williams – his pretend world is as a retired Science teacher in France, where he lives with his loving wife, Anne, and adopted cats. His real world is in dreams – fantasies of the supernatural, superheroes and unleashed imaginations. Since he took up writing seriously in 2012, he has had a number of stories published in That’s Life Australia as well as children’s stories accepted by the N.S.W. Education Department for publication in their magazine for Primary pupils.
Dorothy Williams – lives with her dog in the Dandenong Ranges. She has worked as a secretary and secondary teacher and tutors in literacy and creative writing. She has published local history, young adult novels, short stories, articles, poems; co-authored books on Australian plants; has completed an adult novel on adoption; is working on thylacine research, family history, and memoir; and has some experience of layout and copy-editing for a magazine. . Her pet hates are filing, bulldozers and lies.
Jeff Williams – teaches mathematics at Brandon University on the Canadian Prairies. He has written a wartime spy thriller, with another on the back burner, and he blogs about the period and setting: http://secondbysecondworldwar.com. He co-wrote a TV screenplay based loosely on Shakespeare’s Macbeth, but relocated to an orbiting space station, a thousand years from now—which is a far cry from the early-twentieth-century house where he lives with his wife and would-be-dog of a Maine Coon cat. http://www.jeffwilliamswriter.com
Rosalind Winter – After a varied career (academic, soldier, theatre administrator, medical manager), she took early retirement in 2006. Since then she has published a comic novel, “Ready, Steady, Dig!” about an archaeological dig which awakens the little household gods of a Roman villa, and a sequel, “Gnome or Mr Nice Guy.” A third book in the series, and a prequel set in Roman Britain, are in preparation. She has also published a book of children’s stories, “The Mice of St Goran.”
Iris Woodbury – To calm down two naughty nieces who were fighting in the back of the car, Iris created a story: ‘Pixies in the Hedgerow.’ She told them about the tiny people who lived beneath the hedges, and how they had great adventures, and would do anything to keep their world secret from the Big Folk. From Bexley to Hastings, the two children were glued to the window, watching for the tiny pixies Iris promised were hiding in the shrubs. After that the two girls couldn’t get enough of their mad aunt’s stories, and Iris has been making up tales ever since. Her preferred genres are fantasy and children’s literature, though Iris has a special place in her heart for short stories. You can find her busy scribbling work at http://iriswoodbury.wordpress.com/ – on her blog Typos & Toffees.
Roger Woodcock – has had over a dozen short stories published in small press magazines. He has had an article published in the CAT magazine and a play performed at the Edinburgh Fringe.
Sandra Woolfenden – started writing and selling short stories for the teenage magazines and went from there to stories for a more mature readership. She has sold somewhere between 250 to 300 short stories over the years to popular women’s magazines in the UK and abroad and has had one pocket novel published which went on to sell to large print (Linford Romances), available shortly in the libraries, LOVE IN DISGUISE by Sandra Woolfenden. She is interested in people and the way they react to each other emotionally.
Pamela Woolford – is a Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist Award winner in screenwriting and was a Tucson Festival of Books Literary Awards finalist for excerpts from her upcoming project, Meditations on a Marriage. The project is a memoir, represented by the Carol Mann Agency, with an accompanying short film, a film about a dance about a book about emotional abuse. More about Woolford can be found at www.about.me/pamelawoolford, where there are links to her work.
Clair Wright – is a member of a creative writing group, the “Yorkshire Writers’ Lunch” who blog as yorkshirewriterslunch.blogspot.co.uk. In 2015 they published an anthology entitled “Dining on Words”. Clair enjoys writing short stories and poetry. She has previously been published in The Guardian as Louise Wright, and in e-magazine “Kishboo”. Clair’s short story “Spawned” is included in the 2017 anthology “The Forgotten and The Fantastical 3” published by Mother’s Milk Books.
Susan Wright – has had over a hundred stories published in women’s magazines over the years including Take A Break’s Fiction Feast, My Weekly, Chat, Yours and The Weekly News. She has also sold to magazines in Norway and Australia.
Teffy Wrightson – had some success in the seventies with children’s stories but found a busy family of 4 sons, elderly relatives and her secretarial work left little time for her own interests. Now she’s making up for lost time writing mainly women’s fiction and poetry. Much encouraged by the NaNoWriMo challenge last November, she is working on her novel ‘Pantomime’ and battling with the North Yorkshire weather in her beloved garden.
Aubrey Wynne – resides in the Midwest with her husband, dogs, horses, mule and barn cats. She is an elementary teacher by trade, champion of children and animals by conscience, and author by night. Obsessions include history, travel, trail riding and all things Christmas. She is a proud member of the Coffee Talk Writers. Her debut story, Merry Christmas, Henry, was published in November 2013 by Melange Books, LLC and won Best Short Romance in the Editors and Predators Reader’s Choice of 2013.
Greta Yorke – a retired infant teacher, lives in Prestwick, Ayrshire and has been writing for 6 years. She writes poetry some of which has been published and children’s stories. Stories are usually interactive and fun with educational value, always keeping the reader in mind.
Margaret A. Young – after living in England for three years, Margaret A. Young, wife, mother of three, was never the same again. She became an author: Novelist (The River Knows My Name by Margaret Young Alexander), playwright (Hats, one-act play winner Streisand Festival, Los Angeles, San Diego) and short story writer. Two of her stories have been nominated for the Pushcart Prizes. She lives in Southern California.
Peter Youell – has written short stories as recreation for many years, and only in the last three years submitted work for publication. The stories are around incidents that have occurred in his life. He lives in a cottage with his wife on an Olive Farm in the Northwest Province of South Africa. They have living with them, Misty a cross Siamese cat, and a stray cross, whatever dog, called Patches. His contact address is email@example.com
Joan Zambelli – began writing in 1996 by doing a ‘Writing for Children’ postal course and attending a local Writing Group. Almost 300 of her children’s stories and poems have been published in magazines, i.e. Twinkle, The People’s Friend (also in their Annuals), My Weekly, Stories for Children, Brownie, and Ireland’s Own. She hopes children enjoy reading her stories, as much as she enjoys writing them. She has had poetry published in magazines and anthologies. ‘Home Sweet Home’, a paperback published by Alfie Dog Fiction, includes ten of Joan’s stories and two poems suitable for children aged between 3 and 7. Another of her stories, ‘A Christmas Coat-Astrophe’, will be included in ‘Read That Again’, a collection of stories for children of all ages.
Clark Zlotchew – has had 17 books published. Fourteen of them are in his academic fields. But two books are espionage/thriller novels and a third is an award-winning short-story collection. His stories have appeared in literary journals in the U.S. and U.K. in 2016 and 2017. One of them was one of three winners of the literary contest by Baily’s Beads (literary journal of the U. of Pittsburgh) and appeared in their annual print magazine 1-25-2017.by